* Cellar Selection* Here’s a beautiful interpretation from the 2008 vintage that shows balance, harmony and intensity all zipped up into one tight package. That seamless integration, followed by rich extraction, gives the wine momentum overall. Although this is a different wine from past vintages, the quality is just as high. Hold 5-10 years.
Aromas of chocolate and black cherries with sweet fruit undertone. Full and very soft tannins with a bright acidity underneath. Velvety texture to this wine. Drink or hold.
The 2008 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the biggest, most powerful wines of the year. Scorched earth, tar, game, licorice and smoke all burst from a surprisingly explosive, full-bodied wine for the vintage. There is no shortage of depth in the glass. The 2008 becomes more refined over time, yet remains intense and virile. Cloves, menthol, tar and new leather flesh out on the varietal, imposing finish. Today, the 2008 is bit rustic and rough around the edges, but is a strong effort for the year, and one of the few 2008s that has the potential to surprise in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2023. (AG)
Begins with pretty cherry and floral notes before turning firm and dense, with dusty tannins. This will need some time for the sweet fruit, spice and leather flavors to meld. Offers a fine, minerally finish. Best from 2016 through 2030.
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